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Doge’s Palace with Hidden Secret Itineraries & Prison Skip the Line Tour

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Discover the mysteries of the Doge’s Palace in Venice with this secret itineraries tour. Skip the long line and head straight inside to explore the palace’s opulent public chambers adorned with masterpieces of Renaissance art. Learn how the powerful doges ruled the Venetian Republic with an iron fist, and gain rare entry into shadowy quarters of the Piombi attic prison, where Casanova was once locked up. Walk across the famous Bridge of Sighs and wander the dark dungeons of the New Prison network.
  • Doge's Palace tour with skip-the-line entrance ticket
  • Tour the beautiful public rooms and see Renaissance artwork by Tintoretto and Veronese
  • Learn about the doges of Venice, who ruled the city for a thousand years
  • Enjoy exclusive access to the Piombi attic prison, where Casanova was once held
  • Walk across the Bridge of Sighs to explore the New Prisons
  • Upgrade for access to the Secret Itineraries of the Doge’s Palace and skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica, including the terraces
Built in the 14th century, the Doge’s Palace was once the governing base of the former Venetian Republic’s powerful rulers, the doges. Meet your guide in St Mark’s Square, and admire the palace’s magnificent Venetian Gothic architecture before heading to the front of the long entry queue. 

Wander through awe-inspiring public rooms adorned from floor to ceiling with gilded carvings, murals and opulent décor. Your guide will point out Renaissance masterworks by painters Tintoretto and Veronese, including the famous ceiling fresco Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice. See the Trial Chambers of the Council of Ten and learn how this room was used to dispatch the fearsome secret service to investigate traitors of the republic. 

Ascend to the attic and step inside the secretive chambers of the Piombi prison—a network of cells directly beneath the palace’s lead roof that was generally reserved for upper-class inmates and political prisoners. Let your imagination run wild in this part of the palace that is rarely open to the public, and hear how the legendary Venetian lover Casanova was imprisoned here and later made a daring escape. 

Next, cross the famous Bridge of Sighs into the New Prison complex, built in the 16th century. Wander the harrowing network of cells on your own, and then breathe a sigh of relief as you step back into the open air of St Mark’s Square at the end of your tour.

Choose to upgrade your tour with the unique combination of the Secret Itineraries of the Doge’s Palace, usually closed to the general public and the skip the line access to St. Mark’s Basilica, including the terraces.

The first part of the tour start at 9am and it combines a guided visit to the Secret Itineraries with a free visit to Doge’s Chambers, assuring you get the most complete tour of the Doge’s Palace.

Then you will meet again at 2pm to visit St. Mark's Basilica and its Terraces. The queues here can be long but no worries, we have Skip the Line Access!

Your expert guide will take you inside this cavernous space for an extended tour, pointing out mosaics that date all the way back to the 11th century and beautiful artworks.

Then it’s up to the second floor for some stolen time inside this busy basilica. The terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica are stunning and worth a visit in their own right, not to mention the incredible views they offer over bustling Piazza San Marco below, the Doge’s Palace and the lagoon.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Piazza San Marco
Built in the 14th century, the Doge’s Palace was once the governing base of the former Venetian Republic’s powerful rulers, the doges. Meet your guide in St Mark’s Square, and admire the palace’s magnificent Venetian Gothic architecture before heading to the front of the long entry queue.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Doge's Palace
Built in the 14th century, the Doge’s Palace was once the governing base of the former Venetian Republic’s powerful rulers, the doges. Meet your guide in St Mark’s Square and admire the palace’s magnificent Venetian Gothic architecture before heading to the front of the long entry queue. Wander through awe-inspiring public rooms adorned from floor to ceiling with gilded carvings, murals and opulent décor. Your guide will point out Renaissance masterworks by painters Tintoretto and Veronese, including the famous ceiling fresco Juno Bestowing her Gifts on Venice. See the Trial Chambers of the Council of Ten and learn how this room was used to dispatch the fearsome secret service to investigate traitors of the republic. Ascend to the attic and step inside the secretive chambers of the Piombi prison — a network of cells directly beneath the palace’s lead roof that was generally reserved for upper-class inmates and political prisoners. Let your imagination run wild in this part of the palace that is rarely open to the public and hear how the legendary Venetian lover Casanova was imprisoned here and later made a daring escape. Next, cross the famous Bridge of Sighs into the New Prison complex, built in the 16th century. Wander the harrowing network of cells on your own, and then breathe a sigh of relief as you step back into the open air of St Mark’s Square at the end of your 1.25-hour tour.
Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Ponte dei Sospiri
Passing by during the walking tour
Stop At:  
Palazzo delle Prigioni
Ascend to the attic and step inside the secretive chambers of the Piombi prison—a network of cells directly beneath the palace’s lead roof that was generally reserved for upper-class inmates and political prisoners. Let your imagination run wild in this part of the palace that is rarely open to the public, and hear how the legendary Venetian lover Casanova was imprisoned here and later made a daring escape. Next, cross the famous Bridge of Sighs into the New Prison complex, built in the 16th century. Wander the harrowing network of cells on your own, and then breathe a sigh of relief as you step back into the open air of St Mark’s Square at the end of your tour.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Basilica di San Marco
Choose to upgrade your tour with the unique combination of the Secret Itineraries of the Doge’s Palace, usually closed to the general public and the skip the line access to St. Mark’s Basilica, including the terraces. The first part of the tour start at 9am and it combines a guided visit to the Secret Itineraries with a free visit to Doge’s Chambers, assuring you get the most complete tour of the Doge’s Palace. Then you will meet again at 2pm to visit St. Mark's Basilica and its Terraces. The queues here can be long but no worries, we have Skip the Line Access! Your expert guide will take you inside this cavernous space for an extended tour, pointing out mosaics that date all the way back to the 11th century and beautiful artworks. Then it’s up to the second floor for some stolen time inside this busy basilica. The terraces of St. Mark’s Basilica are stunning and worth a visit in their own right, not to mention the incredible views they offer over bustling Piazza San Marco below, the Doge’s Palace and the lagoon.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Doge’s Palace with Hidden Secret Itineraries & Prison Skip the Line Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

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Dodge's Palace
Reppard D
, Nov 2019
We loved this tours as our guide took us into areas we otherwise would not have know about. She gave an educational entertaining tour.
star-5
Our tour guide was wonderful!
Renee W
, Nov 2019
Our guide was so knowledgeable, funny, and was able to share so much about Venice. We were so thrilled to have this tour right after arriving.
star-4
Very Interesting
Voyage704761
, Oct 2019
The palace and prisons are a maze so having a knowledgeable guide was ideal. We went behind the halls and explored the prisons and learned of key people who were kept there including Casanova. The palace rooms were spacious and we would have like to have had the guide continue on with us through those to gain the insight we did with the secret itineraries. I think my teens got lost in those rooms without the stories and raced through them.
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Just ok
jollyhouse
, Oct 2019
Lady who was our guide went on a bit too much until it was quite boring. More tour and less talk would of been nice. Not worth the money.
star-5
Skip the line tour
andrep_blom
, Oct 2019
This give the opportunity to get access to the Palace without waiting in long queues. The tour guide also give very info on the history of this attraction. Will recommend this to anyone who have the interest to visit the attraction.
star-4
Nice Tour!
echalberg
, Oct 2019
Our tour guide was very informative and she took us into the hidden areas of the palace to places you never would have known existed.
star-5
Doge’s Palace with Hidden Secret Itineraries & Prison Tour
MichaelS7097
, Oct 2019
We really enjoyed this tour. Our guide gave us all the history and described it so well that it came to life for us. We went through the old prison, the hidden rooms and even saw the attic of the palace. It was very interesting. The tour ends at the beginning of the public area so you can go on to explore the rest of the palace on your own, which is incredible.
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No guide for the Palace
Aus103
, Oct 2019
This tour was quite interesting but focused mainly on the prison and Casanova;s story.. We were left to explore the whole palace and Bridge of Sighs by ourselves with no guide or even a brochure or map. Not good value for the money.
star-4
Great tour - but watch out for the meeting point!
keri829
, Oct 2019
The address given for the meeting point takes you quite a way past the actual meeting point, which is just outside the palace (rather than 2 bridges further on...!). The tour was just the right length and the guide was very knowledgeable. Highly recommend.
star-3
Just ok
LoveTravel818383
, Oct 2019
This tour was mostly in the prison section. We toured the palace on our own after the tour guide left. Not great.

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